U.S. – RUSSIA COOPERATION TO ELIMINATE SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS, 2013: RESOLVING AN ARMS CONTROL CRISIS IN THE SHADOW OF WAR
Starting in September 2013, the U.S. and Russia suddenly launched an ambitious effort with international organizations and other countries to remove and eliminate Syria’s huge chemical weapons stockpile. In conditions of escalating civil war, a bloody humanitarian crisis, allegations of Syrian government use of chemical weapons, disintegration of political order in next-door Iraq, and sharpening discord between the U.S. and Russia, and an imminent threat of U.S. attack against Syria, such cooperation hardly seemed possible. This talk will set out conclusions from a research project on the evolution of the crisis over Syria’s chemical weapons and the way it was resolved.
Amy Gordon previously directed the International Security Program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which supports policy research in the international security field. She has served in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency on a variety of threat reduction, nonproliferation, arms control, and political military matters, including negotiation and U.S. ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, establishment of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and diplomatic management of the Proliferation Security Initiative. From 2000-2003 she served as Chief of the Political Military Unit in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where she was responsible for the full range of bilateral security issues with Russia. She received her M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University and held a Research Fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.